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Delaware & Lehigh - Our New Director of Trails & Conservation

We are happy to announce the promotion of Liz Rosencrans to Director of Trails & Conservation to lead the department to future successes. 

Liz Rosencrans, Director of Trails & Conservation

Liz joined the DLNHC team in December 2020 as the Trail & Stewardship Manager, leading the development and stewardship of the 165-mile D&L Trail from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol with local landowners. She has been responsible for the progression of pivotal trail projects from concept to completion and will continue to manage trail development in her new role.

Liz worked quietly behind the scenes the past two years to celebrate the ribbon cutting of 1.5 miles of D&L Trail in Northampton County, help secure $7M of state funding commitment for Lehigh County trail projects, assist landowners with grant applications in Carbon County, manage consultants for feasibility and engineering in Luzerne County, and coordinate trail reports and maintenance needs with landowners from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre.  

As Director of Trails & Conservation, she adds team leadership and department planning with her existing trail development role. Liz now oversees a department of four other positions covering conservation efforts, trail town initiatives, and trail programs. She also oversees the D&L Trail Tender, Adopt-A-Section of D&L Trail, and  D&L Trail Patrol volunteer programs.

Liz & Facilities Manager Tim, fixing a wayfinding marker.

“Liz has amazed me from day one with her hard work, organization, and unique ability to keep so many trail projects moving forward simultaneously,” said Claire Sadler, DLNHC Executive Director. “We are blessed to have her young talent ready to move into a Director role. I know she will be an exemplary member of our leadership team.” 

Prior to joining the DLNHC, Liz worked as a planner at an engineering firm and holds a B.S. in Geoscience and a B.A. in Environmental Geography from West Chester University.

From her adopted hometown of Ambler, she enjoys exploring the greenways of the Delaware and Lehigh valleys with her partner and two cats as well as cooking and crafting. 

Our previous Director of Trails & Conservation, Mandy Tolino, is now the Allentown Director of Parks and Recreation. We look forward to working with Mandy and the City of Allentown team as we strive towards our mutual goal of connecting the D&L Trail: Lehigh Valley Gap, providing thousands of people with new outdoor recreation and transportation opportunities.